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Concerns over British coverage of the ‘missiles to Hezbollah story’

May 31st, 2010 · No Comments · Politics

Arab Media Watch has been studying the UK media’s coverage of the Israeli allegations that Syria has been sending scud missiles to Hezbollah. It says that the Israel allegations have been given more prominence than the Syrian/Lebanese denials.

It is concerned that analysts who question the veracity of the Israeli claims have been sidelined, while the US support for the Israeli statements have been over-represented. And furthermore, Hezbollah is portrayed as more of a threat to Israel, than Israel is to Lebanon or Hezbollah.

AMW also says that most mainstream media completely ignored the UN’s denial of the Scud allegations: “We have no evidence of any Scud missiles in Unifil’s area of operations,” Unifil’s Major General Alberto Asarta Cuevas was quoted as saying to Lebanon’s An-Nahar newspaper. AMW says Al Jazeera English reported it one day after An-Nahar, but that the BBC ignored it for a week.

Arab Media Watch is scathing: “The failure to report Unifil’s statement follows a trend of patchy, incomplete coverage of the whole issue, a selectivity in Israel’s favour.”

You can read AMW’s full report here.

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